I hope you’ll forgive me for neglecting this blog somewhat this past year, quite a lot happened, to say the least. I joined a new school, played live (twice!), beat the OCD that had been with me throughout my years in secondary school, studied for some A-levels, travelled abroad alone, joined another band, bleached my hair and much more. Although I’m now heading into my last year in school and very much not the same girl who started this blog, I’d like to continue it with the same enthusiasm for indie pop, Scotland and all things twee. I’m not going to promise to update this blog weekly because I’m not sure I can handle that level of commitment as previous posts have shown but I will try my best to blog as often as possible. Now to music.
This blog has a contractual obligation to post anything and everything about the band Alvvays with giddy enthusiasm so here is their TWO(!!!!!) new singles from their upcoming album Antisocialites which is due out 8/9. I’m going to see them in September so prepare for a gushing and slightly illiterate review at some point.
And an extra bonus for any of you still reading – a cover of a Green Day song by a band formed for the school summer fete (yes that’s me on bass). What else could you want?
“Live your life on a merry-go-round, who starts a fire just let it go out”
Alvvays are back with new songs and they are as good as ever – dreamy, oddly sad and with plenty of reverb. At Coachella Festival in California, Alvvays debuted some new songs that will presumably make their way onto their new album (whenever their dare to share it with us).
Personally, I have a lot of love for Alvvays because they are That Band that I will always associate with being a teenager and so much of my life right now. Their music has been a special part of my life in that it has also inspired my to make my own music and be a happier person. Basically I’m just one massive fangirl but that’s OK, I have no shame because I am grateful that I can make such a positive connection with music.
I do more than my fair share of crying to Alvvays and it will come as no surprise to anyone that I spent a few minutes on my bed crying after hearing their new songs. Not Your Baby is a Camera Obsucra-esque song which I really like and I think may have been floating around for a little while before Coachella. For me, the real highlight of these songs is Dreams which starts out as a keyboard based song and then builds with guitar lines and harmonizing vocals. It’s pretty good.
So here’s to the new Alvvays album. First up is New Song AKA Dreams (what it said on the setlist)
And Not My Baby